He holds a BA in Statistics and a PhD in Economics from the University of Rome, and a MSc in Quantitative Development Economics from the University of Warwick (UK). His research interests focus on the analysis of inequality, poverty, income mobility and polarization, mainly through the application of data mining, statistics, and modelling. He has explored the presence and implications of convergence clubs in the field of economic growth and has made several contributions to life satisfaction measurement and to the analysis of individual preferences for redistribution through hierarchical models, working also on time series analysis. He has also served as expert in the Advisory Committee on Statistics for the Italian Presidency of the Council of Ministers.
HHB is delighted to announce a research accord with the Bank of Italy. The agreement signed by the Bank’s governor Dr. Ignazio Visco provides for data sharing between the Project and the Bank, which has been collecting Italian household budgets since the mid-1960s. The Bank will also offer support for HHB research and take a role in the Project’s Advisory Board.
He is a graduate of University College Dublin and Columbia University and has published widely on many aspects of Irish, US, and Jewish economic history. He is the author of Ireland: A New Economic History (Oxford UP 1994), Black ’47 and Beyond (Princeton UP 1999), Jewish Ireland in the Age of Joyce (Princeton UP 1999) and has also edited or co-edited several books, including Famine Demography (with Tim Dyson, Oxford UP, 2002) and When the Potato Failed (with Richard Paping and Eric Vanhaute, Brepols 2007). He has just completed a global history of famine (forthcoming from Princeton UP). He has also published widely in leading economics, economic history, and demography journals. He has served on the editorial board of several professional journals, and is currently co-editor of the European Review of Economic History.
She received a PhD in Economic History from the London School of Economics with a thesis on regional disparities in pre-WWI Italy. She is currently working on measures of wealth inequality in Sweden in the period 1750-1900 and on the effect of property rights on agricultural performance in pre-industrial Sweden.
HHB welcomes Gianpiero Dalla Zuanna - professor in the Department of Demography and Statistics, University of Padova, Italy - as a HHB Fellow.
Starting from 1988, his research activity is focused mainly on families and on marital and reproductive behavior in developed countries, using different quantitative methods, dealing with both individual and territorial data and adopting both a descriptive and an interpretative approach. He is also expert in historical demography, mainly involving the Italian population during the Middle Ages and the population of Veneto during the 19th century.
During the period 2007-08 he was official consultant for Demography of the Italian Ministry for Family Policies and, in this position, he represented Italy in the European Commission for Demographic Issues. In February 2013 he has been elected to the Senate of the Italian Republic.